In March 2009, Margaret’s husband John suffered a stroke. After being treated as a hospital in-patient he was discharged home as he could care for himself. On 8th May 2009, John fell down the stairs hitting the back of his head and hurting his shoulder. Margaret called an ambulance and he was taken to Queens Hospital. After insufficient investigation at the hospital, John was discharged home under the care of his GP.
John continued to remain unwell with little appetite, so Margaret took him back to Queen’s Hospital A&E department on 13th May 2009. A nurse and a doctor assessed John’s condition and recorded his fall down the stairs, but once again he was sent home.
On 16th May 2009, John returned to Queens Hospital for an MRI scan that had been booked in relation to the stroke he had suffered in March that year. The scan revealed the presence of bilateral subdural haematoma. The next day John had surgery, but made a poor recovery. He was an inpatient until 4th August 2009 when he was discharged home into the care of his family with significant brain stem dysfunction. He is now totally dependent upon his wife, family and carers. He is unable to communicate and requires assistance with all aspects of his care.
Margaret and her family instructed specialist clinical negligence solicitor Henry Dyson to investigate John’s case as they felt strongly that the hospital’s management of his care had contributed to his condition. Henry and his team were able to secure a lump sum and periodical yearly payments to enable Margaret to appoint professional carers, access specialist rehabilitation services, buy appropriate equipment including a specialist bed and move to a more suitable house that would enable the family to care for John at home.